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Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
Ranked #48 of 334 Hotels in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Milton Keynes, UK.
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
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“Great hotel, lovely staff, great location.”
Reviewed March 30, 2010

Just returned from a three night stay at the Astoria and had an amazing time.

HOTEL.
The hotel was lovely, the communal areas very grand, with opulent marble and chandeliers. The room was comfortable, with air-con / heating and nicely decorated. The downsides of the room were no blackout curtains (Which we found very odd!) so the sunrise did often wake us up and no tea and coffee making facilities. Although it did have a mini-bar, which although was expensive compared to cafes and bars in the area, it was cheap in comparison to mini-bars at other 4 star hotels I have stayed at in the world!

The staff spoke excellent English, were polite and helpful. Service in the restaurant was a tad slow, but not enough for us to complain. I think maybe it was slow because of the amount of time they took in the beautiful presentation of the food. Despite it's grand interiors, the hotel wasn't snooty place, it was relaxed and welcoming.

AREA
The location was excellent, near one of the Metro lines and only 10 mins walk (Or one Metro stop) from a main interchange Metro station Deak Ferenc Ter which is where you get on the line (M3) that goes to the airport.

There is also a 24 hour cafe bar across the road called Gourmand, the staff were friendly and the beer was cheap!

The hotel was about a 10 minute walk to the river, where you could find cafes, bars and restaurants. Some pricier than others, but because Hungary isn't on the Euro yet, we found the prices very reasonable. A large beer was about £1.80, wine about £2.20 a glass and a main course between £5-£12.

The main shopping Street Vaci Utca was again about 10 mins walk from the hotel, lots of shops, bars, restaurants and they had a food and craft market on in the square, not sure if the market is always there, but it was nice to look around.

THINGS TO DO
There's so much to do in three days. We made sure that we walked over the Danube to Buda, opposite the "Chain Bridge" there is a funicular railway that takes you up the hill to the palace and streets surrounding it. We took in the sites from the top and then wandered the streets, stopping off for a well earned beer in the sunshine. We then went to the Labyrinth Of Buda Castle, which was a series of underground, dark, damp, connected caves that you can literally get lost in! It was spooky, but real fun in there, until the beers had kicked in and we were desperate to find a bathroom but could not find our way out!

A day at a spa is another must, we chose Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő, as it had a thermal, outdoor spa and the weather was lovely (Although don't let bad weather put you off, it's about 40 degrees in the water!) A metro from Deak Ferenc Ter goes straight to this Spa, it's the big yellow building, you can't miss it. Although, word of advice, take some flip flops to wear in the spa, as the floors had no gripped flooring, it was all marble and very wet marble, so much so I slipped over, landing hard on my backside and wrist, my wrist bruised immediately and I was lucky not to break it.

We had planned on doing a cruise on the Danube on our last day, but didn't realise that until April the trips didn't start early and started at 13:30, so we didn't have time. There was a two hour trip that we'd planned to book that would include an hour on the Margrit Island, which we couldn't find a way on to by foot as the bridge was under refurbishment / repair, which was a shame.

GETTING ABOUT
When we arrived at the airport (23:30) the public transport had just finished, so we'd booked a cab online in advance with Zona Cabs. The city is divided in to zones and districts and the taxis charge a set fee to specific zones. The taxi was about £18 to the hotel (Zone 2) and took about 15 mins.

You can get a city map with Metro map from the Tourist Info desk in the airport, even when it's un-manned.

During our stay we took the Metro a few times, we bought single trip tickets as we walked most of the time as the weather was so good, so didn't need a 3-day pass. A single journey was about £1.20. Remember after buying your ticket to validate it in the little machines before the escalators, otherwise you could face a fine.

When it was time to leave, we decided to get the Metro to the airport to save some money. We paid the £1.20 for the single ticket, changed to the M3 line at Deak Ferenc Ter then at the last stop, Kőbánya-Kispest, catch the free transfer bus to the Airport. The bus is the 200E. The journey took about 45 mins.

All in all, a lovely city, felt very safe there, the locals were friendly and the weather and sights beautiful. We would definitely go back and would stay at The Astoria again too.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

The hotel is great with very friendly and helpful staff, the rooms and breakfast were excellant,very central location.
We were a group of 7 couples and walked to most of the sites and found it very easy apart from the under-pass outside the hotel, one of our group a female was approached and her bag was pulled, but shouts from her and help from other members of the group detered the would be thief and he disappeared.
However on our late night return we stopped at the GOURMAND CAFE for a nightcap it's across the sreet from the hotel 50 mts from the side entrance, we were followed into Cafe by two local youths who pested us to buy a mobile phone from them, we were all aware that this was a potential problem however we assumed because of the amount of people in our group we could handle the situation. This was not to be whilst having been asked to leave us alone they managed to pick the pocket of one of our male member, we would not have been aware but for a local man asking to check to see if we had anything missing. A wallet containing £200 and credit cards had gone, on asking for help from the cafe staff they said it happens we don't speak English. BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS around the streets near thw Astoria Hotel.

  • Stayed March 2010
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Moscow
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Reviewed March 4, 2010

+ great central location, walking distance to everything (Fashion street, Vaci street, Parliament, The Sinagogue etc)
+ historical building, very nice from the outside, old-fashioned but lovely
+ well-trained staff
+ nice breakfast (but no need to buy it, if you don't have it included, because you can have the same in any restaurant for half of the price)
+ McDonalds next door :)

- rooms are nicely decorated (30's style) but need to be refurbished

Do not book directly, they ask for 180 EUR/night without breakfast. I booked via Kuoni and paid 270 EUR for 4 nights BB.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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birmingham,england
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Reviewed February 16, 2010

just spent 3 nights at this hotel,the hotel is ideally situated for visiting budapest .the reception staff are very friendly and courteous,we found it to be very clean and comfortable and very good value for money.would stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

I used to sleep in really budget place, so I was astonished to find that hostels in Budapest during New year's eve cost more than 150 euro for 3 nights for a couple. In this wonderful, old in style but renewd hotel we payed less and the comfort was uncomparable than any budget hotel I stayed in(this four star hotel). Very nice&helpful staff, great rooms,bathrooms, absolutely clean. Moreover, 5 minutes from famous Vaci utca, close to everything you need. Astoria subway station is almost in the hotel ;-)
i only wih breakfast was included (normally it costs additionaly 14 Euro)

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2009

The hotel is very central. We stayed on the third floor. They have connecting rooms which made it easier with the children.The breakfast was excellent. Very good spread. The renovated rooms were very spacious and comfortable. They were very clean and the staff are very friendly. There is a Mcdonalds right next door so was convenient with the kids. The banks are right across the road and is easy to change money. The Vaci Utca is 5 minutes by walk from the hotel. Busy road but very central. They dont have free internet access in the hotel and also threre is no wifi in the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2009

Excellent City Centre Hotel with very friendly staff, fantastic breakfast and good location for most of the main touristy sights. We went for the Xmas market which is smaller than Prague but very intimate so on a par. A must do is a trip to the Szechenyi Thermal baths. Go at night the air temp. may be low but in the open air in a pool at 37c it's magic. On friday and saturday nights they are open all night!. Lovely Opera House as well.
We had a 3 nights stay for the price of 2 so a good deal and breakfast is 10euro. We had a deluxe room which was excellent.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
Address: Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21, Budapest 1053, Hungary
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Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District V / Inner City , Belváros-Lipótváros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Family Hotel in Budapest
#36 Luxury Hotel in Budapest
#43 Business Hotel in Budapest
#45 Romantic Hotel in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center 4*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fancy staying in a hotel with classic styling and a rich history right at the heart of Budapest? The legendary Hotel Astoria Budapest opened in 1914 as one of the city’s most elegant hotels, and – over a century later – it stays true to that original character. Guests have always been attracted by its sublime fin-de-siècle architecture and comfortable rooms. And its location: a 10-minute walk from prime attractions like the Hungarian National Museum, the Great Synagogue (the largest in Europe), the Danube promenade and the famous Váci Street. Furthermore, if you want to venture further, the metro station and tram line are just a few steps away. Looking for an event venue? The 4-star hotel – with its unique atmosphere – is the perfect choice for professional meetings, social gatherings and weddings. ... more   less 
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